Adult Courses

Digital skills

Express an interest in one of our FREE courses focussing on developing digital skills that are being sought be today’s employers. Start dates to be confirmed, courses will only run if enough interest is shown.

  • Level 1 ECDL Award in IT User Skills
  • Level 2 ECDL Award in IT User Skills
  • Level 3 Certificate in IT User Skills (ECDL Advanced) (ITQ)

 

To register an interest hit the button and we will get in touch with further details as soon as we have them.

Leisure Courses

We are not enrolling any more new students on to our leisure courses this academic year. Our next set of leisure courses is due to start in September 2021. These are short courses (maximum 10 weeks) but can be combined to allow you to study all year if you wish. Please note that fees are charged for all these courses.

Express an interest

To express an interest in any of the leisure courses below please click the button and fill out the short form.

If you are interested in a course but don’t see it on the list, please use the form to let us know what you would like to study. If you are a tutor with a course to offer, please email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk

  • Spanish
  • German
  • Greek
  • Russian
  • Creative Writing
  • Philosophy
  • Creative Digital Photography
  • Photoshop
Accredited learning

Courses leading to qualifications will start in September 2021 and run through to summer 2022.

These courses are usually free but conditions apply. You will either need some qualifications in these subjects already, or you will need to do our pre-course assessments.

Information will be updated throughout the summer, as details become available.

To express an interest in any of the accredited courses please click the button and fill out the short form.

If you have any questions about adult courses please call 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk

Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Course length:  approx. 30 weeks

Fee:  £400 plus exam fees, approx. £40

 

Concessions are available for some students, please enquire.

 

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to express an interest or book a place.

Why take this course?

This GCSE (Level 2) course covers many aspects of biology. It is an intensive one-year course for mature students who require a qualification for career development or who have an interest in the sciences.

Are there any entry requirements?

Yes.  To be enrolled onto this course you should have gained a grade C (new 4) in maths at GCSE or a level 2 Functional Skills maths qualification.  If you do not already have either of these qualifications you should be working towards one of them.  We will require evidence of qualification or enrolment on an appropriate maths course.

What are the key topics it will cover?

Topics 1–4: Cell biology

Organisation

Infection and response

Bioenergetics

Topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response

Inheritance, variation and evolution

Ecology

You will also carry out practical work, and will keep a record book of 12 required practical tasks.  You may be examined on any of this practical work as part of the written papers.

 

Who will this course suit?

It is particularly useful for future nurses and primary school teachers who do not already possess a level 2 qualification in Science.  All adult learners (16+) with an appropriate maths qualification are eligible to take the course.  Note that there are fees for this course, with remissions available to some applicants.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

Yes.  The course leads to the AQA GCSE Biology (8461).  Details of the specification are to be found on the AQA website:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

The new GCSE grade system will apply ie grades 1-9, with 9 being the highest level of achievement.

Most adult learners study for the Foundation tier.  The course content includes material for both Foundation and Higher tier.  Your tutor will assess your work and recommend the appropriate level for you to enter.  At Foundation level the grades achievable are 1-5.  At Higher level the highest grade awarded is 9.

How will the course be assessed?

There are two examinations, which must be taken in the daytime at College. Provisional dates are Wednesday 19 May 2021 (paper 1) and Monday 14 June 2021 (paper 2).  Your tutor will advise you of dates as soon as these are confirmed, as you may need to book time off work.

Examination componentTimeContribution to the final mark

Biology 1: Written exam

Foundation and Higher Tier

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions.

1 hour 45 minutes

100 marks

50% of GCSE

Biology 2: Written exam

Foundation and Higher Tier

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions.

Time: 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Course length:  approx. 30 weeks

Fee: Free to those who do not already have a grade C/4 at GCSE (subject to funding regulations)

 

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

Note that a pre-course assessment may be required for this course.  See Entry Requirements.

 

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

English is a qualification requested and highly regarded by many employers.  It is very important for those wishing to go on to study higher-level courses at college and university.  Priestley College offers the AQA 8700 GCSE qualification, which will strengthen your reading, writing and oral communication skills and enhance your CV.  The course provides the opportunity to study writing techniques and use these to help you develop your own ability to write with clarity and imagination.  You will also take part in speaking and listening activities to develop both your presentation and discussion skills.

ARE THERE ANY ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

Yes.  To be enrolled automatically onto this course you should already have gained a Grade D (new 3) in GCSE English or a Level 2 in Functional Skills English.

If you do not have either of these qualifications, you must complete our pre-course initial assessment:

https://www.priestley.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/2021-GCSE-English-Pre-course-Assessment.pdf

Alternatively contact us on 01925 624455 or by email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to request the assessment task.

The assessment must be hand-written and returned to Anne McGrath at the college by Tuesday 1 September 2020. We will then be able to advise you whether the GCSE course is suitable for you.

WHAT ARE THE KEY TOPICS IT WILL COVER?

Development of the skills needed to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts covering the 19th, 20th and 21st century time periods.

Develop the skills needed to write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures.

Develop the skills needed to prepare and deliver a short presentation, on which you will be asked questions.

Details of the curriculum are available on the AQA website, at:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700/specification-at-a-glance

WHO WILL THE COURSE SUIT?

The course is suitable for anyone wishing to improve their reading, writing and oral communication skills and gain a nationally recognised qualification.  You should be prepared to work independently at home between classes.  This will include reading a variety of texts, some of which may be unfamiliar to you.

HOW WILL IT BE ASSESSED?

100% exam assessed.

There will be two 1hr 45 minute exams assessing writing and reading.  Each exam makes up 50% of the final grade.

These exams will take place at Priestley College during the day.  Provisional dates are Monday 7 June (paper 1) and Friday 10 June (paper 2), to be confirmed by the exam board.

You will also be assessed on your spoken language.  This will also take place in college but will probably be in place of one of your timetabled classes.  You will prepare a 5 minute presentation and then answer questions from the class or teacher on that topic.  You will be awarded a grade of pass, merit, distinction or fail.

Course Starts: September

Time: 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Course length:  approx. 30 weeks

Fee: Free to those who do not already have a grade C/4 at GCSE (subject to funding regulations)

 

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

Note that a pre-course assessment may be required for this course.  See Entry Requirements.

 

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

GCSE Mathematics is still one of the most recognisable and desirable qualifications enabling access to higher education and for career progression.  The course will also benefit any learner who has not previously achieved a grade C/4 and would like to refresh their skills in mathematics.

It is a 30-week course of 2.5 hours per week, but learners must be prepared to spend at least another 2 hours weekly on further study.

ARE THERE ANY ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

Yes.  To be enrolled automatically onto this course you should already have gained a Grade D/3 in GCSE Maths or a Level 2 in Functional Skills Maths.

If you do not have either of these qualifications, you will need to complete a pre-course initial assessment.  We will hold an assessment evening in college on Tuesday 1 September 2020.  Assessment will take about 2 hours.  Please ring 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book an assessment.

COSTS:

This course is free for anyone who does not already have maths GCSE grade C/3.

You will be required to have a scientific calculator and some mathematical instruments, which will normally cost less than £10. You may wish to buy your own text book: Suggested books will be detailed in the first session.

WHAT ARE THE KEY TOPICS IT WILL COVER?

The course is split into four sections:

 

  • Number, which includes whole numbers, decimals, fractions, percentages.
  • Statistics and Probability, which includes collection, organisation and presentation of data and the probability of events happening or not happening.
  • Algebra, which includes graphs and the use of algebra in equations and formulae.
  • Shape and Space, which includes perimeter, area and volume, angle properties and properties of shapes.

 

WHO WILL THE COURSE SUIT?

This course is for learners who narrowly failed GCSE Mathematics at their last attempt or who have achieved Level 2 Functional Skills Maths.

This is an intensive course and you must be able to commit to attending every week as well as doing work at home.

WHAT QUALIFICATION IS AWARDED?

The final qualification is a GCSE in Mathematics awarded by Edexcel, specification 1MA1.  We follow the Foundation syllabus, which means the highest grade achievable is a 5.

 

HOW WILL IT BE ASSESSED?

There are 3 exam papers:  One is a non-calculator paper and two calculator papers which assess all the topics studied. Each paper is a 1 hour 30 minutes exam.

Marks from the 3 papers are combined to give the final grade.

Please note that the three final exams take place during the day at Priestley College in May and June 2021.  Provisional dates are Wednesday 25 May, Tuesday 8 June and Tuesday 15 June.  If you are unable to attend on an exam date you should not enrol.

Leading to Certificate in Functional English at Level 1 and/or Level 2

 

Course Started: Tuesday 15 September 2020

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Course length:  approx. 32 weeks

Fee: Free to those who do not already have a grade C/4 at GCSE (subject to funding regulations)

Note that a pre-course assessment may be required for this course.  See Entry Requirements.

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

The Functional English course is designed to give adults the English skills needed to operate confidently, effectively and independently in education, work and everyday life.  The classes are run by highly experienced tutors who are trained to motivate and support you as an adult student.

Functional Skills English is a nationally recognised qualification which stands alone or can help you to access the GCSE course.  The qualifications have developed in response to employers’ perceptions that more relevant English skills are needed in the workplace in order to achieve personal success.

Functional English in the evening is offered at Level 1 and Level 2:

Level 1 is equivalent to GCSE grades D-G (1-3 new grades).

Level 2 is equivalent to GCSE A-C (4 – 9 new grades).

You will work at a level which is most appropriate to you based on an initial assessment.

 

ARE THERE ANY ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

Yes.  To be enrolled automatically onto this course you should already have gained Entry Level 3 in Functional Skills English, or equivalent.  Students who have achieved Entry 3 will work towards Level 1.  Students who have achieved Level 1 will work towards Level 2.

If you do not have this qualification please contact us (01925 624455 or adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk ) to discuss your needs, as you may need to complete our pre-course assessment:

https://www.priestley.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/2021-Functional-English-pre-course-assessment-2020.pdf

Pre-course assessments should be completed and returned to Anne McGrath at Priestley College before Tuesday 1 September.

 

WHAT ARE THE KEY TOPICS IT WILL COVER?

The qualification is divided into 3 units, which can be claimed individually but do not entitle you to certificates.  You need to achieve all 3 units before you can receive the full award.

The units are:

  • Speaking and listening.

This will include discussion and presentation skills

  • Reading
  • Writing

The content of each unit is selected to be relevant, practical and topical. The units are interwoven so you will gain maximum benefits from developing reading, writing and speaking and listening skills simultaneously.

Your tutor will assess what skills you already have in each of these areas and plan your learning according to your needs.  Your progress will be recorded in an individual learning plan (ILP), which is completed by yourself and your tutor.

 

WHO WILL THE COURSE SUIT?

This course is ideal for anyone who wants to brush up their English skills and needs a nationally recognised qualification to further their career or to “keep up with the children” at school.  We will expect you to attend every session and to practise what you have learned between classes, in order to maintain your new skills.

 

You will not be eligible to enrol on Functional English courses if:

  • You already have a grade C (4) or higher in GCSE English.
  • You are already doing a full time course with another provider or doing Functional English as part of any other course with another provider.

Please note that this course is not suitable for adults who do not have English as their first language.  We can refer you to local ESOL providers. It is not suitable for adults who have moderate or severe learning difficulties.

 

IS THERE A QUALIFICATION AT THE END OF THE COURSE?

Yes.  You will work towards a Certificate in Functional English at Level 1 or Level 2.  Your tutor will provide you with information, advice and guidance about the most suitable qualification and level after your first session.

 

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Your first session will include an “initial assessment”, which will allow us to ensure that you are on the right level for this course and that the course is suitable for you.

Throughout the course your tutor will give you regular feedback on completed work, which should include homework and practice assessments when appropriate.  You will also use your individual learning plan to assess your own progress each week and at the end of each half term.

In order to gain your qualification, you will be required to take a timed test for both the Reading and the Writing units.  These are paper-based and take place in your usual class time.  Your tutor will arrange test sessions as appropriate throughout the year.

The Speaking and Listening units are assessed by your tutor during designated classes, where you will be expected to take part in discussions.  At level 2 you will also be assessed on a presentation to your class.  Exam requirements are that the speaking and listening assessments are recorded on video.

 

If your attendance falls below 80% and you do not catch up on the work you have missed, we reserve the right to withdraw you from the final examination.

Leading to Certificate in Functional Maths at Level 1 and/or Level 2

 

Course Starts:   Monday 14 September 2020

Time: 6:45 – 8:45 pm

Course length:  approx. 32 weeks

Fee: Free to those who do not already have a grade C/4 at GCSE (subject to funding regulations)

 

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

Note that a pre-course assessment may be required for this course.  See Entry Requirements.

 

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

The Functional Skills maths course is designed to help you to update your skills, fill a gap on your CV if you missed out on a GCSE qualification, to give you the confidence to support your child at school or just prove that you can do maths.

Functional Skills Maths is a nationally recognised qualification which stands alone or can help you to access the GCSE course.  The classes are run by highly experienced adult tutors who are trained to motivate and support you through this subject which some adults can find a little daunting.

Functional Maths in the evening is offered at Level 1 and Level 2:

Level 1 is equivalent to GCSE grades D-G (1-3 new grades).

Level 2 is equivalent to GCSE A-C (4 – 9 new grades).

 

ARE THERE ANY ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

Yes.  To be enrolled automatically onto this course you should already have gained Entry Level 3 in Functional Skills Maths, or equivalent.  Students who have achieved Entry 3 will work towards Level 1.  Students who have achieved Level 1 will work towards Level 2.

If you do not meet these requirements please contact us (01925 624455 or adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk) as you may need to complete a pre-course assessment.  We will be holding an assessment evening on Tuesday 1 September but you should contact us to discuss and book.

 

WHAT ARE THE KEY TOPICS IT WILL COVER?

The course covers 3 main areas:

  • Number skills:

Fractions, percentages, decimals

To develop your number skills you will practise doing calculations without a calculator.  When you have mastered paper-based methods you will use a calculator to check answers and eventually to carry out more difficult calculations.

  • Measurement, shape and space:

Metric and imperial measurements

Perimeter, area and volume

Angles and bearings

  • Handling data:

Graphs, charts and tables

Averages

These skills are all applied to solve problems in practical, everyday scenarios.

Your tutor will assess what skills you already have in each of these areas, and plan your learning according to your needs.  Your progress will be recorded in an individual learning plan (ILP) which is completed by yourself and your tutor.

 

WHO WILL THE COURSE SUIT?

You must have a desire and an ambition to gain a maths qualification.  You will need to be committed to your own learning.  We expect you to attend every session and to practise what you have learned between classes, in order to maintain your new skills.

You will not be eligible to enrol on Functional Maths courses if:

  • You already have a grade C (4) or higher in GCSE Maths.
  • You are already doing a full time course with another provider or doing Functional Maths as part of any other course with another provider, or you are on an apprenticeship.

Please note that this course may not be suitable for adults who do not have English as their first language.  It is not suitable for adults who have moderate or severe learning difficulties.

 

IS THERE A QUALIFICATION AT THE END OF THE COURSE?

Yes.  You will work towards a Certificate in Functional Maths at Level 1 or Level 2.  Your tutor will provide you with information, advice and guidance about the most suitable qualification and level after your first session.

 

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Your first session will be an assessment session (initial assessment) which will allow us to ensure that you are on the right level for this course and that the course is suitable for you.

Throughout the course your tutor will give you regular feedback on completed work, which should include homework and practice assessments when appropriate.  You will also use your individual learning plan to assess your own progress each week and at the end of each half term.

Formal Functional Skills Maths assessments (exams) consist of 2 papers.  A short non-calculator paper (25 mins) will test your number skills.  This will be followed by a longer calculator paper (1 hour 30 mins) which will test your ability to solve problems.

Your tutor will arrange test sessions for your class as appropriate.  Tests are usually taken in your regular class time and place.  Your tutor will give you plenty of notice so that you can make arrangements.

 

If your attendance falls below 80% and you do not catch up on the work you have missed, we reserve the right to withdraw you from the final examination.

Useful information and documents

Pre-course assessments

Some courses have entry requirements in order to assess whether these courses are appropriate for you as a learner.

 

GCSE English

You must have already have a D at GCSE or a Functional English level 2 qualification.  If you do not meet this requirement you can download a pre-course assessment via the link below or contact Adult College on 01925 624455 to request a paper copy.

GCSE English Assessment

 

GCSE Maths

You must already have a D at GCSE or Functional Maths at level 2.  If you do not meet this requirement you will need to complete the pre-course assessment in college.  Please ring 01925 624455 to make an appointment.

 
GCSE Biology

You must already have a Maths GCSE at C or above, or be working towards this, or have a Functional Maths qualification at Level 2.

 
Functional Maths and English

For Level 1 and Level 2 only.

To check whether you are working at the appropriate level for the Functional English course, you can download a pre-course assessments via the link below, or contact Adult College on 01925 624455 to request a paper copy.  The completed handwritten assessment must be returned to college before 1st September.

Pre Course Assessment Improve Your English

The Functional Maths assessment will take place in college.  Please ring 01925 624455 to make an appointment.

We know that many of our adult students sign up for our evening classes to meet and spend time with others with similar interests.  We will therefore aim to run our courses in college where possible, with tutors giving face-to-face tuition.  However we are also able to deliver many of our courses on line and this will be the fall-back option in certain circumstances.

To run a course in college we need a class of 10 students.

For classes that are held purely on line we can run with smaller groups.

Classes delivered in college

  • All students must wear a face mask when on the premises. (Visors are no longer considered to offer sufficient protection.)
  • Students sit a minimum of 1.5m apart unless they are in the same social bubble eg family members.
  • Doors and a window are left open to ensure good ventilation.
  • Hand-sanitiser and sanitising spray are provided in all classrooms and in the corridors.

If further lock-downs are required for any reason, in-college classes will be transferred to on-line delivery.  Students enrolling for a course in college must therefore be prepared to move over to on-line if necessary.  Refunds will not be given to students who choose not to join on-line classes if these are used to replace face-to-face delivery.

 

Online classes

On-line classes will be delivered using Google Classrooms.  When the course has been confirmed, students will be given log-in details for the college systems, after which they will be able to access their virtual classroom.  To get the most of any Google classes, students will need their own laptop/tablet with audio and webcam, and good internet access.

 

Fees

We offer a 10% discount on course fees to TCAT employees but regret that no other remissions are available.

Students will be asked to pay a deposit of £15 to register a firm interest in a particular course.  Balance of fees will be requested when we appear to have enough students to run the course and fees must be paid in full before the start of the course.

We will not commit to running the course until enough people have paid the fees in full.

If we are unable to run the course for any reason then any payments (deposit and balance) will be refunded but in all other circumstances the deposit will be non-refundable.

 

You can view the Adult Course Guide here > Adult Course Guide 2020 2021

To ask a question or to express an interest in adult education at Priestley College, please email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.ukor fill out the online form.

If you are you 19+ and uncertain about your future employment or career path , you can get  advice  from the National Careers Service who can provide you with help in making the right choices for learning and employment. To find out more or to contact them, please follow this link to their website.

National Careers Service

Alternative formats of these documents  are available on request from the Adult Learner Services Team. Telephone 01925 624455.

Welcome to adult courses + term dates

Adult Learner Handbook

Adult Course Guide 2020

Fees Policy for 2019-20

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